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Fruits You Can Give Your Dog

Fruits You Can Give Your Dog

Dogs are omnivores that can benefit from having fruits and veggies in their diet. Even wolves eat plant-matter in their diets. But this doesn’t mean that every fruit or vegetable is good for your dog. It is important to know what is safe and what can be harmful. Also, remember to take into accountant your dog’s size, so you do not overfeed them. A tiny Yorkie is not going to need to eat a whole apple! If you are thinking about adding nutrients to your dog’s diet, or are looking for a healthy treat option, here are some fruits you can give your dog.

Apples

Many dogs love a nice slice of apple! They are high in antioxidants and fibre. Just be sure to core the apple and remove the seeds.

Cranberries

Cranberries are a great treat for your dog, especially if they are prone to urinary tract infections, as they help with urinary tract health. They are high in vitamins C, K, and E, and are high in fibre and manganese. You can feed your dog cranberries that are fresh or frozen, just make sure they are unsweetened.

Blueberries

A powerful antioxidant, blueberries are an excellent treat for your dog, and most love them! Like cranberries, they are a good source of vitamins K and C, as well as fibre and manganese.

Bananas

Bananas have a lot of good nutrients, including potassium, biotin, fibre, copper and vitamin B. However, they are a sugary fruit, so they should definitely be fed in small amounts as a treat versus part of your dog’s daily diet.

Pumpkin

Most dogs love pumpkin and it can be great for helping with digestive issues, including diarrhea and constipation. It’s low in fat and helps with urinary tract health.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and do not have too many calories (a bit more than an apple). To feed to your dog, remove the seeds from the skin. The seeds are a great topper to your dog’s dry food.

Mangoes

Full of vitamins A, C, E, B6, potassium, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, mango is a great treat for your dog. Like bananas, they are higher in sugar so should not be fed every day. Remove the seed before feeding mango to your dog.

Strawberries

Strawberries are fine for dogs and have an interesting benefit: They contain an enzyme that may help whiten your dog’s teeth! They also contain fibre, omega-3, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and vitamins C, B1, B6 and K.

Pears

Like mangoes, be sure to remove the pit before feeding pear to your dog. They are high in copper, vitamins C and K and fibre. They may even help reduce the risk of strokes. They are lower in sugar than some fruits.

Kiwifruit

This yummy little fruit contains vitamin C and potassium as well as antioxidants. Kiwis may help prevent cancer, strengthen the immune system and even help rejuvenate cells. They are also low in calories.

Pineapples

Pineapple can help with your dog’s digestion and immune system. They also contain a lot of vitamins and minerals your dog needs including fibre, iron and magnesium. However, they also contain quite a bit of sugar, so they should be fed sparingly. Be sure to not feed your dog the leaves, core, or the hard rind.

Oranges

Some dogs may not like the strong flavour of the orange, but if your dog does, it’s fine to feed in moderation! Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. Be sure to remove the peel, seeds, leaves and stem as they all contain oils that are toxic.

Remember moderation is key when feeding your dog! Too much of a good thing can be bad, so it’s best to be conservative when adding things like fruit to your dog’s diet and take into account your dog’s size. If you are unsure about how much of a particular fruit your dog can have in a day, ask your vet. Decrease the amount or stop if your dog has trouble like diarrhea or vomiting. Dogs have allergies just like we do, so you may find your dog cannot handle every fruit on this list. You can feed any of these fresh or frozen (great for hot summer days!), just make sure they can’t choke on any frozen pieces. Avoid canned fruit that has added sugar or is in a syrup.

At the end of the day, fruit is a great treat you can share with your dog, so grab your favourites and enjoy together.

23 thoughts on “Fruits You Can Give Your Dog

  1. Lyn Uthe says:

    Hi Rob,
    Thank you for the article. I do enjoy your information and newsletters.

    However, I was really surprised with Oranges being okay. I have had German Shepherds
    most of my long life, and in that time every club and extensive training courses I have
    attended, all instructed never to give dogs any part of Citrus.

    I am now wondering if more recent research has revealed something different?

    Being a dog ‘tragic’ I am always open to new and updated information for my two.

    Kind regards,
    Lyn

    1. Robert says:

      Hi Lyn, I guess it could be along the lines of Garlic being bad for dogs. Many people think Garlic is bad but in normal amounts is fine and would only cause issues in extremely high amounts. Do you know what the reason was that citrus shouldn’t be given to dogs?

  2. Robert W Reid says:

    Hi there Robert, How about a list of things NOT to give your dog,e.g. onions Regards Bob

  3. Karen Appleby says:

    I would like to know your opinion on avocado, I am aware of a lot of misinformation regarding this please?

    1. Robert says:

      Hi Karen, Avocado is toxic to a lot of animals including dogs. We did mention it in our blog article on what not to feed your dog here –> https://stayloyal.com.au/what-not-to-feed-your-dog/

  4. Michelle Gilbert says:

    My dog picks his own peaches and plums (more so when the plums were still green) also the occasional green apple. There’s not much I can do because he’s very tall and he plays with them like they’re balls (which he has in abundance) but he’ll often eat them too. Sometimes bringing them inside and chomping on the stones. Is this dangerous, so far so good

    1. Robert says:

      Hi Michelle, its fine. Be aware if he ate a lot of apples with the seeds, that the seeds contain a tiny amount of Arsenic which can accumulate, so years of this behaviour could eventually lead to arsenic poisoning. This is unlikely but thought i’d make you aware of it.

  5. Sandi Davy says:

    Hi Robert
    Thank you so much for confirming that it’s ok for my little girl to eat all the fruit she likes.

  6. Sandra says:

    Hello, Thankyou for this info. Just wanted to let you know that one of our dogs loves Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower and Sweet Potato – both raw & cooked. Hope its ok to give some raw veggies- maybe it is replacing grass that he sometimes eats??
    Sandra

    1. Robert says:

      Those are all fine Sandra

  7. Carol Palmer says:

    Thanks for advice on the fruits dogs can have

  8. Margarita Brown says:

    Thanks very interesting

  9. Frances Maxwell says:

    My lovely (nearly 14 year old) Spoodle just loves broccoli, carrots & pumpkin but it was great to see your long list of fruits which will also be suitable to feed him from time to time!
    Thanks once again for your ever-helpful advice – much appreciated!

  10. Marika Posterino says:

    Great article and thank you for all the others too. I learn so much from them and Chilli is so much Breyer for them.

    1. Robert says:

      Thank you Marika, I’m really happy to hear you enjoy the articles and use that knowledge to make your dog’s life better. thank you.

  11. Marika Posterino says:

    *better

  12. Alison Torr says:

    I was wondering about watermelon?

    1. Robert says:

      Yes watermelon is another good one, not sure how I missed that one.:-)

  13. Steph says:

    My two dogs LOVE capsicum! They smell it from miles away!

  14. Paul Gibson says:

    Thanks for more useful information Robert. We already feed small amounts of some of these but what about water-melon ? (without seeds and rind of course). Our dogs love this straight from the fridge in the hot weather.

    1. Robert says:

      Yes Watermelon is great.

  15. Melissa says:

    My dogs always want whatever I eat – they love fruit and one of their favourite fruits is persimmons- they also love mandarins. The joy of have 3 dogs is only get to have a quarter of the fruit 😂 as I always have to share.

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